Nuclear Medicine Question for the Week of April 11, 2016

Question:

What is the appropriate code for a nuclear medicine MIBG scan? From my understanding we are going to do a two-day study with two whole body scans and possibly, if the radiologist orders it, also SPECT.

Answer

For a two-day MIBG scan, assign code 78804.  If SPECT is also done, report code 78803 too.

78803 Radiopharmaceutical localization of tumor or distribution of radiopharmaceutical agent(s); tomographic (SPECT)

78804 whole body, requiring 2 or more days imaging

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